Method and Judgment in the Theodore Dreiser Edition: From Sister Carrie to The Titan.

Davies, Jude (2016) Method and Judgment in the Theodore Dreiser Edition: From Sister Carrie to The Titan. Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing, 37. pp. 1-18. ISSN 2167-1257

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Abstract

This essay explores the ways in which a single author critical edition, the Theodore Dreiser Edition, has responded to a range of developments in critical editing, literary status and reputation, pedagogy, and modes of reading. Its first publication, an edition of Dreiser’s first novel Sister Carrie that explicitly affiliated itself with the Greg-Bowers-Tanselle tradition, became a focal point of resistance to eclectic editing, while its most recent editions downplay eclecticism and announce themselves as presenting versions of texts in a continuum of composition. Instructive as this may be as an example of the unfolding of a logic in the history of editing, this essay takes the Dreiser Edition as exemplifying that in author editions, other dynamics are also at work. The editorial context is never independent from the fluctuating status and significance attributed to authors, while different editorial practices may be required by changes in authors’ practices of composition and revision as their relationships with publishers and publics develop over their career, and by differing archival resources. Modal differences between outputs also require different editorial approaches. Editorial aims may be conditioned by contextual changes in literary theory, criticism, and pedagogy. The trajectory of the Dreiser Edition may indicate general trends in scholarly editing then, but this essay complicates such linear narratives by reference to these other dynamics and contexts. The main focus is on reviewing the practices and rationale of the 1981 edition of Sister Carrie, its highly polarized critical reception, the notions of authorship that it promoted, and the kinds of reading that it fostered or made possible. The essay then moves on to consider the subsequent development of the Edition, focusing especially on its latest volume, Dreiser’s fourth novel, The Titan, (2016).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: textual editing scholarly editing editing bibliography
Subjects: P Mass communications & documentation > P132 Archive studies
P Mass communications & documentation > P400 Publishing
Q Linguistics, classics & related subjects > Q220 Literature in its original language
Q Linguistics, classics & related subjects > Q320 English literature
Q Linguistics, classics & related subjects > Q322 English literature by author
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American & Australasian languages, literature & related subjects > T720 American literature studies
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American & Australasian languages, literature & related subjects > T722 United States literature studies
Departments: Faculty of Arts > Department of English, Creative Writing and American Studies
Depositing User: Jude Davies
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 13:42
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2016 14:44
URI: http://repository.winchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/233

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